I use bona floor cleaner on my wood floors. Would this be an appropriate cleaner for a cork floor as well?
Foran cork Answer:
Cork floors only need the very basic of care:
1. Weekly (or every few days) sweeping/vacuuming (beater bar “off”)
2. Weekly “damp” mopping – water only (microfiber mop head with lightly damp mop head – do NOT spray the floor with water)
3. Monthly (maximum 2/month) pH neutral floor cleaner in lieu of the “damp water” cleaning – microfiber mop head. Do NOT spray the floor with the mixture.
A pH neutral floor clear for hardwoods is all you need. There are several out there – Armstrong, Bruce, etc all make versions of them. We do NOT allow “Bona” products on our floors. They’ve given clients too many problems over the years.
As for ‘Mr. Clean’ we say “NO!”. Vinegar – NO! These cleaners can be used occasionally (1-2 per YEAR!!!!!) as a slightly deeper clean – but they must be WELL RINSED…as in 3-4 times. And that gets tough because an unsealed cork floor (without the 2 coats of finish) means you cannot allow too much water on the floor at any time. If you use the “deep clean” you could take 5-8 HOURS to finish cleaning the floors. You would rinse (not much water) and wait for it to dry. Then you would rinse AGAIN…and dry. And rinse again – and dry. And again – and dry. The drying time could be 1-2 hours. You can see how much fun that would be.
When searching for a pH neutral hardwood floor cleaner you are looking for:
1. Neutral (the word must be on the front of the bottle somewhere)
2. “For hardwood floors” – cannot be a LONG LIST of things – just hardwoods is what we are looking for – maybe laminate
3. “Does not leave a residue” – this is SUPER important
4. Do NOT purchase “shine” enhancers or anything that says “refreshes” or rejuvenates
Vinegar can be used – but sparingly. Vinegar is acidic. And acids ETCH the finish of wood floors = HAZING and cracking. As much as people think this is a ‘natural’ product, it is still too aggressive for wood floor finishes.